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Cycle Indochina & Angkor- Premium Adventure

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New Release Fully Guided Adventure Small Group Cycling
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 Trip Length
14 Days
 Trip Starts
Bangkok
 Trip Finishes
Ho Chi Minh City
14 Day Cycle Indochina & Angkor- Premium Adventure Itinerary (Exodus)
Countries Explored: Thailand Cambodia Vietnam
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Max. Group Size
16
Pace
Leisurely
Trip Styles
Cycling , Premium Adventures
Trip Code
MOE

Overview

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Exodus 14 Day Cycle Indochina & Angkor- Premium Adventure. This epic expertly led premium cycling adventure covers three South East Asian countries with divergent histories and subtly different cultures. From the energetic streets of Bangkok, to the tranquillity of shimmering paddy fields, to the magnificence of Angkor’s temples and the alluring Phnom Penh.

We experience a piece of everything that these remarkable countries have to offer whilst staying in premium accommodation, including a 3 night stay at Siem Reap’s Lynnaya Urban River Resort...read more & Spa.Heading into Vietnam we enter the Mekong Delta, a spectacular patchwork of rice paddies and waterways before our journey ends in Saigon, where the frenetic pace and vibrant street life contrasts starkly with the rural areas we have cycled through, leaving a lasting impression and memories!

Itinerary

Welcome to Bangkok! Today is free for you to arrive at any time during the day. There will be a welcome group meeting and briefing with your leader in the early evening followed by an included group welcome dinner. Your main luggage will be transported ahead of you to the start point early in the morning so please bring this with you to the welcome meeting; just hold onto what you need for the night/morning - you will be with your luggage again by mid-morning tomorrow. Stay: Riva Surya Bangkok, Bangkok (4 star).

An early start this morning as we venture out of Bangkok to the ancient town of Ayutthaya. Our two hour transfer takes us into the heart of this fascinating site and we start cycling by the huge reclining Buddha. Much of the old town was destroyed by the Burmese in the 18th Century and we will cycle through the remaining shrine towers and enormous temples to appreciate the past magnificence. Stay: The Kantary Ayutthaya Hotel, Ayutthaya (4 star).

Today we follow minor roads through rural Thai landscapes including rubber and eucalyptus plantations as well as tapioca and rice fields. We stop for lunch at a local restaurant along way. There are a few easy rolling hills but the route is mostly flat. The ride ends when we join a busier road before driving the final short distance to the town of Kabin Buri by bus. This evening, join your tour leader and group for dinner and enjoy traditional Thai cuisine. Stay: Kantary Kabinburi Hotel, Kabin Buri (4 star).

Leaving our hotel early in the morning we ride towards Tha Krabak where we can stop by a reservoir for a swim and a view of the untouched jungle on the other side. We will break for lunch along the way before carrying on cycling on quiet but well-maintained scenic roads on the way to Aranyaprathet, 10km from the Cambodian border. Stay: The VELO's Hotel & Pumptrack, Aranyaprathet (4 star).

After breakfast we bid farewell to Thailand and drive to the busy border and complete customs formalities as we cross into Cambodia at Poipet. Due to years of civil war, Cambodia is poorer and less developed than its neighbours. Apart from growth in the capital and around Siem Reap, the way of life in the countryside is still very much the same as it has been for centuries. Arriving into Cambodia, we then transfer to Siem Reap (approx 2.5 hours). Here the group will spend the next three nights at the intimate Lynnaya Urban River Resort & Spa – providing the perfect base to explore Angkor!This afternoon's shorter ride from Siem Reap takes us past Wat Athvea, a modern temple in the grounds of the ruins of an Angkorian temple, and ends at a market and picnic area outside of Siem Reap. Stay: Lynnaya Urban River Resort & Spa, Siem Reap (4 star).

Today we may choose to have an early start to avoid the inevitable crowds drawn to the wonders of Angkor. The various temples are spread over a wide area and are linked by shady avenues; meandering our way between them by bike provides a unique perspective. Our cycle tour will include the jungle-covered Ta Prohm, with the amazing roots of the Fromagier trees clinging to the ancient stones, Angkor Thom with the famous Bayon temple of 37 towers (originally there were 49) topped with the four faces of the king, and of course the incredible Angkor Wat, with its huge moat, long causeway and massive towers - it is the largest temple complex in Asia. Stay: Lynnaya Urban River Resort & Spa, Siem Reap (4 star).

Today we cycle outside the main Angkor complex to the outlying temple of Banteay Srei, 35km from Siem Reap town. Our route takes us past paddy fields, and through pretty villages. Banteay Srei was built in the 10th Century and contains some of the finest examples of Khmer sculpture. Although much smaller than the later temples, here all of the buildings are covered in exquisite carvings. We also will stop along the way at a village where we'll have to chance to meet the locals and learn from them about their way of life including the art of Khmer Noodle making. Here we can taste this popular Cambodian dish and a sugar palm tasting too!In the afternoon as we cycle back to Siem Reap we can stop and visit a few of the less visited Angkor temples. Siem Reap town is pleasant to wander around; the market has plenty of interesting and excellent shopping and there is a vibrant nightlife scene.

This afternoon there may also be time to visit the Tonle Sap Lake, which is a branch of the Mekong River. Time permitting, this optional trip includes a boat ride to see the floating fishing villages. Anyone wanting to do this visit may need to miss part or all of the ride back to Siem Reap, depending on timings. Cycle approx. 70 km. if riding the full distance to and from Banteay Srei. Stay: Lynnaya Urban River Resort & Spa, Siem Reap (4 star).

Today we rest our legs and take a longer private transfer (approximately 7 hours) to Phnom Penh, with a couple of stops along the way. We visit Sambor Prei Kuk, Cambodia's most impressive group of pre-Angkorian monuments with some of the oldest structures in the country. We'll also pause for a traditional Khmer lunch at a community restaurant here. The road is currently undergoing some resurfacing so some sections will be a bit of a bumpy ride! We should arrive in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh for late afternoon, the perfect time for a sundowner on the Mekong! Stay: Patio Hotel and Urban Resort, Phnom Penh (4 star).

The fortunes of Phnom Penh have shifted dramatically during its history and the terrible years of the Khmer Rouge and subsequent civil war through the 1970s and 1980s have scarred the country. During our stay we visit two sites which give us a vivid impression of some of the horrors. There is the Genocide Museum, which is the former Khmer Rouge prison known as S-21 or Tuol Sleng, in the centre of the city. And 15kms of out of town is the area known as the 'Killing Fields,' a mass grave and execution site for the former inmates of S-21. While visiting Tuol Sleng and the Killing Fields may not appeal to everyone, we feel they give us an important understanding of what the country and its people had to endure just a few decades ago. On a more positive note, the city is very much on the rise again and is a fascinating place with fine examples of French colonial architecture. We will also tour the Royal Palace with its Silver Pagoda.

Afterwards, There is also excellent shopping at the 'Russian' market if you wish to visit. And there may also be the option to enjoy a sunset cruise on the Mekong, your leader will advise locally. Stay: Patio Hotel and Urban Resort, Phnom Penh (4 star).

This morning we transfer south out of Phnom Penh to the town of Takeo. Here the road becomes quieter and we mount our bikes for the 50km ride to the Phnom Den / Tinh Bien border. Once we bid farewell to Cambodia & border formalities have been completed, we cycle approximately 30km to the Vietnamese town of Chau Doc, situated along the banks of the Hau Giang River. This evening, we dine overlooking the river and get our first taste of Vietnam's Southern Mekong style cuisine. Stay: Victoria Chau Doc Hotel, Chau Doc (4 star).

This morning we depart our hotel and transfer to Chau Giang ferry for a short transfer before cycling along a lovely quiet backroad, lined with small villages and dwellings before stopping for lunch at a local restaurant. We then visit the ancient village of Long Dien B; home to many female artists who are known for having inherited and proudly maintaining over the ages their ancestors special technique of painting on glass. Here we have the chance to observe and learn about this traditional culture and art over a cup of tea. The rivers and canals of the Mekong Delta form an amazing network of waterways. The area is famous for its abundant rice production but in many areas farmers are now moving to more profitable fish-farming and fruit and vegetable growing.

Afterwards, we depart transfer to the Mekong Riverside Boutique Resort & Spa, where we will stay overnight. The evening is tranquil as we have dinner at the resort and enjoy some 'Delta' hospitality. Stay: Mekong Riverside Boutique Resort & Spa, Mekong Delta (4 star).

For those who wish (optional), there will be the option to rise early and enjoy the morning sunrise and kayak on the Mekong from the resort before breakfast. We then leave by boat, stopping en route for a look at the Cai Be floating market. Here large boats moor up in the Mekong River, weighed down with fruit and vegetable produce. Local traders and shop owners buy in bulk in this strictly 'wholesale' market. Recently, Cai Be floating market is becoming less crowded and smaller as fruit trading is mostly now done by trucks due to the bridge being built. However, this is still a great opportunity to see a local market and trade being conducted traditionally on a smaller scale. A little further on we make a short stop to see cottage industries producing such items as popped rice, pancakes, wine and other homemade products.

We start our ride towards Cai Lay where we take a scenic route through fruit orchards and along the Mekong riverbank. Back on the bus in My Tho, we drive on to the heat, hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City, still usually known as Saigon. This is an exciting and absorbing city where scooters pack the streets and temples stand defiantly alongside modern developments. Devastated by the Vietnam War, it is now a free market city where anything goes. Stay: The Odys Boutique Hotel, Saigon (4 star).

The whole day is free for you to explore Saigon, do some shopping and to relax. There are a number of interesting things to see - the Saigon River, Ben Thanh Market, Reunification Palace and Notre Dame Cathedral are all within easy walking distance. Alternatively a short cyclo (cycle taxi) ride will take you to the War Remnants Museum with an extensive photographic record of the Vietnam/American War. lease be aware that some images at the museum are very graphic. For those that are interested, your leader can arrange an optional visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels, located 2 hours outside the city. Used by the Viet Cong during the war, the network covers 3 levels and approximately 240km of tunnels. Originally these were very narrow but some areas have been widened to allow tourists to explore the system. Claustrophobes may prefer to stay outside in the sunshine!In the evening we will have a final farewell dinner together, feasting on delicious Vietnamese specialties. Stay: The Odys Boutique Hotel, Saigon (4 star).

The trip ends this morning after breakfast in Saigon. If you'd like to extend your stay in Saigon and discover more of this vibrant city, please enquire with our sales or customer operations team at time of booking about requesting additional accommodation.

Trip Inclusions

  • Three nights at the intimate Lynnaya Urban River Resort & Spa – the perfect base to explore Angkor
  • Two full days to explore Cambodia's incredible Angkor Wat by bike
  • Enjoy sundowners and spectacular views from our accommodation rooftop bars in Siem Reap & Phnom Penh
  • Cycle through 3 countries from Bangkok to Saigon experiencing a taste sentation of mouth-watering cuisine along the way; many meals included
  • Stay overnight in the peaceful Mekong Delta at the charming Mekong Riverside Boutique Resort & Spa; relax in lush tropical gardens & enjoy an early morning kayak on the Mekong as the sun rises

  • 13 nights premium hotels and resorts9 days cycling with 95% vehicle support
  • Generally good tarmac in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, with some easy dirt roads in Thailand and Vietnam
  • Traffic levels higher near the larger towns, so you should be comfortable riding occasionally in traffic
  • Travel by private air-conditioned minibus
  • Group normally 5 to 16, plus local leader All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • Tips for local staff
  • Named tour leader, chosen for their experience and great customer feedback
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • Local bike hire
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